Broadcast Live +7 ratings: ‘Big Bang Theory’ finale and ‘Empire’ share lead for May 9-15

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The season finale of “The Big Bang Theory” and the next-to-last episode of “Empire” shared the No. 1 spot in the Live +7 18-49 ratings for May 9-15.

Both shows added 2.1 points in adults 18-49, with “Big Bang” going from 3.4 to 5.5 and “Empire” growing from 3.7 to 5.8. The two shows also went 1-2 in viewers added, growing by 5.24 million (“Big Bang”) and 4.41 million (“Empire”) viewers.

“Reign” was the percentage growth leader in adults 18-49, rising by 150 percent (albeit only to a 0.5); six other shows also at least doubled their 18-49 rating. “The Originals” (79 percent growth) led the viewer percentage chart.

The Top 25 gainers (including ties) in the Live +7 ratings for May 9-15, 2016 are below. The rankings include first-run, regular series only, not repeats.

Adults 18-49 – Total gain

Rank Show Net L+SD L+7 7-Day Increase 7-Day % Increase
1 THE BIG BANG THEORY – F CBS 3.4 5.5 2.1 62%
1t EMPIRE FOX 3.7 5.8 2.1 57%
3 MODERN FAMILY ABC 2.1 4.0 1.9 90%
4 GREY’S ANATOMY ABC 2.1 3.6 1.5 71%
5 QUANTICO – F ABC 1.0 2.2 1.2 120%
5t THE BLACKLIST NBC 1.3 2.5 1.2 92%
5t BLINDSPOT NBC 1.3 2.5 1.2 92%
8 SCANDAL – F ABC 1.8 2.9 1.1 61%
8t LAW AND ORDER: SVU NBC 1.4 2.5 1.1 79%
10 BLACK-ISH ABC 1.5 2.5 1.0 67%
10t NCIS CBS 2.1 3.1 1.0 48%
10t CHICAGO PD NBC 1.4 2.4 1.0 71%
10t CHICAGO FIRE NBC 1.6 2.6 1.0 63%
14 AGENTS OF SHIELD ABC 0.9 1.8 0.9 100%
14t GOTHAM FOX 1.2 2.1 0.9 75%
16 NASHVILLE ABC 0.8 1.6 0.8 100%
16t CASTLE ABC 1.1 1.9 0.8 73%
16t THE GOLDBERGS ABC 1.9 2.7 0.8 42%
16t 2 BROKE GIRLS – F CBS 1.7 2.5 0.8 47%
16t THE FLASH CW 1.3 2.1 0.8 62%
16t CHICAGO MED NBC 1.6 2.4 0.8 50%
22 ONCE UPON A TIME – F ABC 1.2 1.9 0.7 58%
22t THE MIDDLE ABC 1.6 2.3 0.7 44%
22t NCIS: NEW ORLEANS CBS 1.7 2.4 0.7 41%
22t SURVIVOR CBS 2.1 2.8 0.7 33%
22t BONES FOX 0.8 1.5 0.7 88%
22t GRIMM NBC 0.8 1.5 0.7 88%


Adults 18-49 – Percentage gain

Rank Show Net L+SD L+7 7-Day Increase 7-Day % Increase
1 REIGN CW 0.2 0.5 0.3 150%
2 JANE THE VIRGIN CW 0.3 0.7 0.4 133%
3 QUANTICO – F ABC 1.0 2.2 1.2 120%
4 AGENTS OF SHIELD ABC 0.9 1.8 0.9 100%
4t NASHVILLE ABC 0.8 1.6 0.8 100%
4t THE VAMPIRE DIARIES – F CW 0.4 0.8 0.4 100%
4t THE ORIGINALS CW 0.3 0.6 0.3 100%
8 THE BLACKLIST NBC 1.3 2.5 1.2 92%
8t BLINDSPOT NBC 1.3 2.5 1.2 92%
10 MODERN FAMILY ABC 2.1 4.0 1.9 90%
11 BONES FOX 0.8 1.5 0.7 88%
11t GRIMM NBC 0.8 1.5 0.7 88%
13 LAW AND ORDER: SVU NBC 1.4 2.5 1.1 79%
14 GOTHAM FOX 1.2 2.1 0.9 75%
14t THE FAMILY – F ABC 0.8 1.4 0.6 75%
14t THE 100 CW 0.4 0.7 0.3 75%
17 CASTLE ABC 1.1 1.9 0.8 73%
18 GREY’S ANATOMY ABC 2.1 3.6 1.5 71%
18t CHICAGO PD NBC 1.4 2.4 1.0 71%
18t LEGENDS OF TOMORROW CW 0.7 1.2 0.5 71%
21 BLACK-ISH ABC 1.5 2.5 1.0 67%
21t THE LAST MAN ON EARTH – F FOX 0.9 1.5 0.6 67%
21t GRANDFATHERED – F FOX 0.6 1.0 0.4 67%
24 CHICAGO FIRE NBC 1.6 2.6 1.0 63%
24t ARROW CW 0.8 1.3 0.5 63%

 

Viewers – Total gain

Rank Show Net L+SD (000s) L+7 (000s) 7-Day Increase (000s) 7-Day % Increase
1 THE BIG BANG THEORY – F CBS 14726 19969 5243 36%
2 EMPIRE FOX 9814 14224 4410 45%
3 NCIS CBS 16038 20336 4298 27%
4 THE BLACKLIST NBC 6616 10900 4284 65%
5 MODERN FAMILY ABC 7161 11351 4190 59%
6 BLINDSPOT NBC 5610 9337 3727 66%
7 GREY’S ANATOMY ABC 7750 11322 3572 46%
8 CHICAGO FIRE NBC 7975 11529 3554 45%
9 NCIS: NEW ORLEANS CBS 13243 16582 3339 25%
10 CHICAGO PD NBC 6751 10052 3301 49%
11 CASTLE ABC 6715 9983 3268 49%
12 SCANDAL – F ABC 6646 9742 3096 47%
13 QUANTICO – F ABC 3783 6707 2924 77%
14 LAW AND ORDER: SVU NBC 6061 8941 2880 48%
15 CHICAGO MED NBC 8005 10868 2863 36%
16 PERSON OF INTEREST (Tues.) CBS 7344 9902 2558 35%
17 PERSON OF INTEREST (Mon.) CBS 5800 8275 2475 43%
18 HAWAII FIVE-0 – F CBS 8487 10944 2457 29%
19 BLACK-ISH ABC 5291 7687 2396 45%
20 GRIMM NBC 3394 5723 2329 69%
21 THE CATCH ABC 4235 6507 2272 54%
22 NASHVILLE ABC 3936 6161 2225 57%
23 CRIMINAL MINDS: BEYOND BORDERS CBS 5944 8110 2166 36%
24 BONES FOX 4256 6407 2151 51%
25 AGENTS OF SHIELD ABC 2930 4963 2033 69%

 

Viewers – Percentage gain

Rank Show Net L+SD (000s) L+7 (000s) 7-Day Increase (000s) 7-Day % Increase
1 THE ORIGINALS CW 790 1416 626 79%
2 QUANTICO – F ABC 3783 6707 2924 77%
3 JANE THE VIRGIN CW 900 1555 655 73%
4 THE VAMPIRE DIARIES – F CW 1044 1794 750 72%
5 GRIMM NBC 3394 5723 2329 69%
6 AGENTS OF SHIELD ABC 2930 4963 2033 69%
7 BLINDSPOT NBC 5610 9337 3727 66%
8 THE BLACKLIST NBC 6616 10900 4284 65%
9 LEGENDS OF TOMORROW CW 1893 3076 1183 62%
10 THE 100 CW 1170 1885 715 61%
11 MODERN FAMILY ABC 7161 11351 4190 59%
11t REIGN CW 784 1249 465 59%
13 NASHVILLE ABC 3936 6161 2225 57%
14 CONTAINMENT CW 1346 2096 750 56%
15 THE LAST MAN ON EARTH – F FOX 2228 3460 1232 55%
16 THE CATCH ABC 4235 6507 2272 54%
17 GOTHAM FOX 3674 5610 1936 53%
17t ARROW CW 2153 3285 1132 53%
19 THE FLASH CW 3523 5342 1819 52%
19t THE FAMILY – F ABC 3295 5007 1712 52%
21 BONES FOX 4256 6407 2151 51%
21t SUPERNATURAL CW 1759 2656 897 51%
23 CHICAGO PD NBC 6751 10052 3301 49%
23t CASTLE ABC 6715 9983 3268 49%
25 LAW AND ORDER: SVU NBC 6061 8941 2880 48%

Source: The Nielsen Company.

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